The Medicaid Home and Community-Based services (HCBS) waiver program is authorized in Â§1915(c) of the Social Security Act.
The program permits a state to furnish an array of home and community-based services that assist Medicaid beneficiaries to live
in the community and avoid institutionalization. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recognizes that design and
operational features of a waiver program will vary depending on the specific needs of the target population, the resources available
to the state, service delivery system structure, state goals and objectives, and other factors.
See Links & Downloads for a description of changes to the 1915(c) waiver application and CMS
372 reports implemented February 28 and March 14, 2014.
This waiver preprint is for a StateÂ’s use in requesting authority under section 1915(b) of the Social Security Act (the Act)
to operate a managed care program. Specifically, it is designed for use in authorizing programs involving Managed Care Organizations
(MCOs), Prepaid Inpatient Health Plans (PIHPs), Prepaid Ambulatory Health Plans (PAHPs), and Primary Care Case Management (PCCM) systems.
In addition, it can be used for section 1915(b)(4) fee-for-service selective contracting programs.